A man went skydiving for the first time. After listening to the instructor for what seemed like days, he was ready to go. Excited, he jumped out of the airplane. About five seconds later, he pulled the ripcord. Nothing happened. He tried again. Still nothing. He started to panic, but remembered his back- up chute. He pulled that cord. Nothing happened. He frantically began yanking both cords to no avail.
Suddenly he looked down, and he couldn't believe his eyes. Another man was in the air with him, but this guy was going up! Just as the other guy passed by, the skydiver yelled, "Hey, do you know anything about skydiving?"
The other guy yelled back, "No! Do you know anything about gas stoves?"
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"The Love That Can't Stand to Lose You" John 10:11
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Rick Rescorla was a decorated Vietnam War hero. But his greatest acts of heroism happened years later, on the job at the World Trade Center. As head of security for Morgan Stanley, one of the largest employers in the Twin Towers, he began to take special measures after the Trade Center bombing in 1993. Suggesting that there would be another attack, possibly coming from the air, he has become known as the man who predicted September 11th. He began regular drills for Stanley's 2,700 employees in emergency evacuation procedures. Morgan Stanley had offices from the 44th to the 74th floors of Tower Two. When Tower One was hit on that awful September 11, there seemed to be no reason to get out of Tower Two, except for Rick Rescorla's training.
Sixteen minutes after Tower One was hit, a plane crashed into Tower Two. The explosion knocked Rick Rescorla to the floor. Even there, he grabbed a bullhorn and he yelled for people to stay calm and to head for the stairwells. Then he began to go from floor to floor, looking for people he could save. With both towers burning out of control, Rick stayed in the building, talking the last of his colleagues down the stairwells. One of the last ones out was a Morgan Stanley executive who said, "Rick, you have to get out of here, too." His answer: "I will, John, as soon as we get everyone out." Rick Rescorla died that day at Ground Zero, but only after he had saved the lives of nearly 2,700 people.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Love That Can't Stand to Lose You."
It was Jesus Christ who said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) The sacrifice of one man to save many on September 11th, has given those people the opportunity to live possibly many more years on earth; thirty, forty, fifty more years. The sacrifice of one Man on a cross on Skull Hill has given every man and woman on this planet the opportunity to live forever; including you and me. And that Man was no one less than God's one and only Son. In the words of Scripture, "...they crucified the Lord of glory." (1 Corinthians 2:8)
Jesus summed up the unspeakable sacrifice He was about to make in these words from John 10:11, our word for today from the Word of God: "I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." Jesus didn't come just to teach us a wonderful way to live or provide us a great example. He came to give His life. And you are one of the reasons God's only Son allowed Himself to be nailed to a criminal's cross. I'm one of those reasons. He loves you so much that He doesn't want to lose you.
And why this sacrifice? There was no other way to rescue you and me from the death penalty for the sins of our life. We've hijacked our life from the God who gave it to us. We've done so many things our way instead of His way. A death penalty can only be paid one way - somebody has to die. I know who deserves to die for my sins. I do. But in the greatest act of love in human history, Jesus did the dying for every God-defying thing I've ever done and that you've done.
And now He keeps going back to rescue one more from the awful judgment that's coming. Today, even now, He's come to offer you an opportunity to be saved. But it's a rescue you must choose by grabbing the Rescuer as if He's your only hope. He is. And while you may appreciate Jesus and agree with Jesus, that's not enough to have your sins forgiven. You've got to pin all your hopes on Jesus, like one of those people stranded on their roof after Hurricane Katrina; wrapping themselves around that rescuer from above.
The price Jesus paid for your rescue could not have been higher. That's what makes what you do with Jesus so serious; so decisive in terms of whether eternity means heaven or hell. Your decision about Jesus is your decision about where you will be forever.
My prayer is that you won't wait another day before you tell Jesus, "I'm Yours." This could be your Jesus-day, your rescue day. We've set up our website to help you experience His love for yourself. Would you visit us there at yoursforlife.net? If you'd like a printed copy of my booklet called Yours For Life, just call for it at 877-741-1200.
After the price God paid to rescue you, is it any wonder there's one thing upon which He will base your eternity - "What did you do with My Son?"
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*Someone who destroys or defaces public or private property either willfully or ignorantly is a vandal. Near synonyms include: wrecker, saboteur, hooligan, delinquent, plunderer, looter, destroyer, Democrat, and pillager.
The first vandals were a Germanic tribe, which in 455 A.D. sacked Rome. While this was perhaps the pinnacle of their destructive behaviors, the Vandals earned a reputation as destroyers of civilization for looting and sacking during this period.
The word vandal appears in English in the mid-1500s. It commemorates the Vandals whose name was from the Late Latin vandalus, likely a Latinized tribal name derived from the word wanderer.
*Glass is not a crystalline solid, but a random jumble of molecules. Because of its random structure it does not have a clear melting temperature and there is no temperature where it can be said to be definitely solid. Instead, it gradually becomes harder as it cools.
Historians have pointed out that the glass in some centuries-old windows is thicker at the bottom, as if the glass had slumped over the years.
Scientists still debate whether room-temperature glass is a solid or some other state of matter. But according to one study, to see the flow of cool glass we would have to wait ten billion times the age of the universe. So those ancient windows are thicker at the bottom because they were made that way, not because of any later flowing of the glass.
More about how slowly glass flows: http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/gmis9844.htm